What is the Inner Child?
Inner Child work is a tangible and adaptive therapy technique that can be explained quite simply and continually developed by oneself following completion of the workshop.
Often we carry wounds and trauma from birth and childhood with us into adulthood and these wounds play out in habit patterns, behaviours, beliefs and thoughts that no longer serve us, trapping us in repeated loops and life lessons that we continually deny ourselves the ability to be free from. Our Inner Child is intuition, creativity, spontaneity, play, loving acceptance of ourselves and all beings; our pure essence within.
Re-establishing a connection with our inner child takes time, dedication, patience and this workshop provides the tools to be able to make contact with your inner child, initiate a relationship with them and learn the re-parenting techniques to be able to nurture and build a trust relationship, cultivating a life practice in self healing.
Inner child work is a powerful integration tool which compliments plants diets, work with the Master Plants Ayahuasca and San Pedro (Wachuma) Cactus; it is universal, compatible with all daily practices, enhancing healing potential without restriction or limitation. Participants from our workshops have mentioned additional insights from their current practices, expansive life improvements and profound healing towards wholeness.
How is the Online Workshop structured?
The online workshop will run over three consecutive days for groups or chosen dates for one-to-one. The first session is 2 hours and the following two sessions are around 1.5 hours each. The workshop can be conducted over Skype, Zoom or Telegram with options of video and/or audio only, as per personal preference. The facilitator will present via video and an email with joining instructions will be provided.
The workshop consists of approximately 5 hours of explanation with written exercises and guided meditations which include re-birthing, shamanic meditations and regression, all held within a safe space. The workshop is tailored to meet each participants’ circumstances and needs, paced accordingly, with time for sharing and reflecting stories and experiences.
In the first session an introduction to the content of the workshop and the concept of the Inner Child and Inner Child work, the basic needs of our Inner-Child will be given. Following this, the first of three separate child developmental stages is presented, the infant (birth to 18 months) where we first meet our Inner-Child.
In the second session we move on to the second stage, the toddler (18 months to 3 years of age).
The third session covers the third child developmental stage, the pre-schooler (3 to 7 / 8 years of age) and finish with a review of what has been covered and the fundamental steps for continuing the Inner-Child work.
1st Online Session
+ 2 hours offline time minimum to review content and exercises
2nd Online Session
+ 2 hours offline time minimum to review content and exercises
3rd Online Session
+ 1 hours offline time minimum to review content and exercises
Dutch and Spanish workshops
We also offer Inner-Child Workshops (personal and group) in both Dutch and Spanish, please mention your preferences in the application.
Online Integration Sessions
We love to keep in contact and support our previous participants through their journey and the amazing insights that their child is sharing with them. We’re always here for questions and support, and where further guidance or interpretation is required, we offer structured follow-up sessions.
We believe 3 individual lessons to be scheduled at your convenience are often the most valuable, as we can work alongside your practice and provide supporting feedback, suggesting new techniques and helping you to continue integrate the Inner Child more profoundly in your daily practice.
These sessions are led intuitively upon what’s required or what’s coming up for you. We will take you through Inner Child regressions, shamanic practices, intuitive coaching and elements of your personal history. Sessions are scheduled at your convenience and at your pace and rhythm.
Please contact us for details.
3 x Sessions for $33 per session.
Feedback from a participant
In March 2020 I spent some time in Willkamayu Spirit and had the chance to do the inner child workshop with Janneke. It helped me a lot to understand better myself and the processes I’m going through. Janneke is a very compassionate, caring, honest and loving person who has to share a lot of her wisdom. You feel that she is really living what she is teaching – which gives a strong inspiration to follow her. She is very clear about the theoretical background of the inner child work and uses creative and beautiful tools to experience and feel it.
After I did the workshop I stayed at Willkamayu and went on to work with Janneke as a coach. She helped me to deepen the connection with my inner child and to integrate the tools to work with. She creates a safe and trustful space and asks the right questions on a very creative way to bring you forward, to grow and to connect deeper with yourself. It was very easy to open up to her and I didn’t feel any shame to tell her my inner thoughts and feelings because you feel that she is not judging you.
Now that I’m back in Germany I still go on to work with her via internet. Beside the coaching I’m gonna do the Reiki 1 with her and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m very grateful that I met Janneke, for her input and teachings. If you want to grow, to get a better connection to yourself and to learn important tools for your life I definitely can recommend from my heart doing the workshops with Janneke.
Who will be giving the Inner Child workshop?
One of our 3 certified Inner-Child facilitators will be matched to the participant or the group of participants.
Feedback from our Inner Children
A Testimonial Story
My background experience
Before doing the workshop I had read a couple books and found some information online that gave me a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts and objectives of inner child work. I understood that there are sub personalities within myself that have their own emotional needs and expectations. The inner child being one of them can be further broken down into different aspects such as the wounded, emotional, angry child. There are also parts of ourselves that get stuck in their development due to emotional trauma. This information gave me a basic framework for exploring and beginning to communicate with these parts of myself. Most of the work I did was emotional release and understanding their needs and wounds.
Intentions and goals
I came to this workshop because I felt I was missing something in my process as there was so much releasing but little resolution.
The workshop definitely helped a great deal as it gave me more tools to effectively communicate to my inner child as well understand how I can more deeply interact with him and fulfill his emotional needs, which lead to major resolutions for these conflicted parts of myself and a greater sense of peace and calm that came as a direct result. I’m finding myself being less triggered in previously challenging situations. When triggers do cause an emotional response I’m finding it much easier to recognize the part of me that’s challenged and just be with it allowing it to be heard and felt which then dissipates the charge.
The experience was great for me. Amy has a calm and gentleness that radiates clearly and an understanding that shows she’s walking the path herself. I enjoyed our meetings so much and after the first, I was very much looking forward to the next ones. There was much insight, release, resolution, and growth within the sessions. There’s also been much after from continuing with the techniques. It definitely gave me a major missing piece to the puzzle that allowed me to take my own practice further.
Nathaniel, Vancouver Island
I had no idea just how powerful of a process I would be getting into when I set foot into the Inner-Child workshop. I was scattered, carrying a long lasting anxiety in my heart, and in need of support. Having tried various techniques and workshops, something resonated deeply when I connected with these workshops. Through working with her I began exploring with childlike curiosity what was the reason for the anxiety and I began to recognize the unmet needs that I’ve been conditioned to ignore.
What began as a workshop has become a lasting practice of joyfully tuning into my true needs and discovering the acceptance and joy that was waiting for me. The confusion and doubts I had around my needs during the anxiety were replaced with a grounded process of checking in with myself and honoring the process, step-by-step, and with acceptance. Now I feel relieved and happy that I have a stable toolset for clarity around what I need vs external expectations I and others have set for me. Using this toolset has led me to feel more functional and allows me to discover how I choose to shine on any given day, and fully go for it, free of previous shyness and anxiety.
I was also pleasantly surprised to discover the connection with my intuition increase along with the reawakening of a rich inner world that I’ve explored as a child. I was further surprised to discover how this new joy fed into being more functional in my day-to-day.
When I first heard about this, I was concerned that really I didn’t have anything to contribute to this, I had a relatively good childhood, and I didn’t have any violence, I didn’t suffer any bad consequences as a child, but now I realise that some of the things that I’ve held as ideas for me, thought about myself, negative thoughts about myself have come from my childhood. For example, I feel like I’m always to blame, I feel like I’ve always got to say sorry to people and I feel guilty, I also feel misunderstood and sometimes I feel very angry that people I can’t vocalise what I want to say. I can remember feeling exactly the same as this when I was a child and I’ve now seem to have carried that forward to adulthood. I’m still going over the same issues as I was when I was a child. So being able to talk about this with Amy was a revelation really, because it wasn’t something that I’d have imagined had made a difference to my life, but I think it clearly has.
So, Amy and I talked about listening to our Inner Child, and going into ourselves, listening to what the Inner Child, what anxieties of the Inner Child has, being able to talk about that, being able to ensure the Inner Child that everything is ok. So through a structure of mediation and talking I can now return to that feeling, I can reassure my Inner Child that everything is safe and everything is OK and I can be assured that those feelings aren’t true and that’s not what makes me the way I am, it’s just something that I’ve believed in for all these years, so I now have a structure and a meditation to go forward and for the rest of my life be able to return to that, and to reassure myself when I’m anxious, when I’m misunderstood, I’m angry, that things will be OK and I don’t have to feel like that for any longer.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank each of you beautiful souls for welcoming me with open arms and sharing this safe haven with me. I am so grateful for the love exchanged and the opening of my heart since being here. There is magic in the air, under these sacred roaming hills. Aho, I love you all!
Liz Pennsylvania, USA
After doing some self guided inner child exploration through online resources, I thought my journey with inner child work was complete, but this workshop showed me that I had only just touched the surface. It allowed me to fully surrender and deepen the connection with my inner child, to really open myself up to this inner communication. Throughout the workshop I felt that it was really about my own unique self-expression, Janneke allowed things to flow where they needed to rather than sticking to a certain structure of how things “should” look. I felt truly seen and heard by Janneke, she has a beautiful gift for holding space and truly showing up for you. I am profoundly grateful for this experience and the tools I have been given. I am excited to continue this journey and to show up for my inner child each and every day, with pure love and acceptance.
My intuition told me it was time to dive deep and strengthen the connection with my inner child. And deep I dove! The main insight that I got through this course was that I am responsible for my own actions and my own worldview. At the same time, I started to understand the difference between what I am and what I was taught to be. Also I learned that if I nurture myself enough, I will experience peace and abundance around me.
Janneke’s guidance was warm, present and I could feel her energy through the screen. It felt just as close as being together face-to-face, which surprised me. I appreciate Janneke’s reflective qualities, her empathy and her down-to-earth connection with spirit.
More on the Inner-Child
Charles Whitfield – Healing the Child Within
The child within refers to that part of each of us which is ultimately alive, energetic, creative and fulfilled; it is our Real Self—who we truly are. With our parents’ unknowing help and society’s assistance, most of us deny our Inner Child. When this Child Within is not nurtured or allowed freedom of expression, a false or co-dependent self emerges. We begin to live our lives from a victim stance, and experience difficulties in resolving emotional traumas. The gradual accumulation of unfinished mental and emotional business can lead to chronic anxiety, fear, confusion, emptiness and unhappiness. Denial of the Child Within and the subsequent emergence of a false self or negative ego are particularly common among children and adults who grew up in troubled families. Yet, there is a way out. There is a way to discover and to heal our Child Within and to break free of the bondage and suffering from relying on our false self.
Thich Nhat Hanh – Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child
As children, we were very vulnerable. We got hurt very easily. A stern look from our father could make us unhappy. A strong word from our mother could cause a wound in our heart. As a young child, we have a lot of feelings but it’s difficult to express ourself. We try and try. Sometimes, even if we can find the words, the adults around us can’t hear us, don’t listen, or won’t allow us to talk. We can go home to ourselves and talk to our little child, listen to our child, and respond directly to him. I myself have done this, even though I received love and care from my parents. This practice has helped me tremendously. The child is still there and may be deeply wounded. We have neglected the child in us for a longtime. We have to come back and comfort, love, and care for the child within us.
Lissa Rankin – The Anatomy of A Calling
I now spend a lot of time practicing various versions of an Inner Child Meditation. Rather than judging or resisting the meltdowns of my Small Self, I finally realised she calms down much more quickly if I just treat her like a beloved child who needs my help. I ask her what she needs, listen patiently to what she wants me to hear, and promise her that she doesn’t have to worry about any of it anymore, reassuring her that I am an adult and can handle it for her, so she can relax and go play. I let her express whatever emotions she might feel-sadness, fear, anger-and I sit with her emotions without belittling her or making her wrong for feeling what she feels. Then I comfort her until she feels better, holding her in my arms like I would my own daughter.
Alice Miller – The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
The damage done to us during our childhood cannot be undone, since we cannot change anything in our past. We can, however, change ourselves. We can repair ourselves and gain our lost integrity by choosing to look more closely at the knowledge that is stored inside our bodies and bringing this knowledge closer to our awareness. This path, although certainly not easy, is the only route by which we can at last leave behind the cruel, invisible prison of our childhood. We become free by transforming ourselves from unaware victims of the past into responsible individuals in the present, who are aware of our past and are thus able to live with it.
John Bradshaw – Homecoming
Reclaiming your wounded inner child is a Zenlike experience, Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand-new in each and every moment. For the unwounded child, wonder is natural. Life is a mystery to be lived. Homecoming is the restoration of the natural. Such a restoration is not grandiose or dramatic; it is simply the way life ought to be. Reclaiming your inner child involves going back through your developmental stages and finishing your unfinished business.